Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Early Writings
Ezra Pound


Edited with an introductory essay and notes by Pound expert Ira Nadel. The poetry includes such early masterpieces as ‘The Seafarer’, ‘Homage to Sextus Propertius’, ‘Hugh Selwyn Mauberley’, and the first eight of Pound’s incomparable ‘Cantos’. The prose includes a series of articles and critical pieces, with essays on Imagism, Vorticism, Joyce, and the well-known ‘Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry’.

Paperback, 408pp
Penguin Books, 2005
ISBN 9780142180136



Early Writings Ezra PoundIntroduction
Suggestions for Further Reading
Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text
To the Raphaelite Latinists
Na Audiart
Villonaud for This Yule
In Durance
Sestina: Altaforte
Piere Vidal Old
Ballad of the Goodly Fere
Blandula, Tenulla Vagula
Und Drang
Redondillas, or Something of That Sort
To Whistler, American
Portrait d’une Femme
The Seafarer
The Return
Fratres Minores
The Complete Political Works of T. E. Hulme
Salutation the Third
Song of the Bowmen of Shu
The River Song
The River-Merchant’s Wife: A Letter
Exile’s Letter
The Garden
1915: February
A Pact
Further Instructions
A Song of the Degrees
Liu Ch’e
The Coming of War: Acæon
In a Station of the Metro
The Encounter
L’Art, 1910
Ancient Music
Provincia Deserta
Villanelle: The Psychological Hour
Near Perigord
L’Homme Moyen Sensuel
Homage to Sextus Propertius
Hugh Selwyn Mauberley
The Cantos, (1917)
Three Cantos of a Poem of Some Length
Canto I
Canto II
Canto III

The Fourth Canto
The Fifth Canto
The Sixth Canto
The Seventh Canto
Eighth CantoProse
What I Feel About Walt Whitman
The Wisdom of Poetry
Psychology and Troubadours
How I Began
Troubadours–Their Sorts and Conditions
The Serious Artist
A Retrospect
The Tradition
The Prose Tradition of Verse
Affirmations . . . IV . As for Imagisme
Chinese Poetry
Chinese Poetry–II
The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry
James Joyce, At Last the Novel Appears
Paris Letter, Ulysses